DOLLARS AND SENSE: The Teen-age Consumer's Guide by Elizabeth McGough

DOLLARS AND SENSE: The Teen-age Consumer's Guide

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McGough perhaps tries to cover too much ground in this junior money book, but she does pack in a surprising amount of useful advice on everything from budgeting, job hunting and saving to buying clothes, cameras and used cars. She briefs readers on just what acne and suntan preparations can and can't do and helps them choose among them by explaining the chemical ingredients that must be listed on the label (no brand names mentioned); she is less rigorous on health food, using the word ""organic"" in a confusing variety of ways, but even here the mere warning against widespread fraud is well taken. In addition she clarifies laws on shoplifting, sales contracts, guarantees and small claims suits, warns of bait-and-switch ads and sneaky credit card practices, and urges complaints and returns where indicated. Though we could do without the illustrative cases of Bob, Sharon, Lisa and the rest, their peers with that staggering proportion of discretionary income at their disposal can get value for money here.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1975
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Morrow